Super success for Welsh Colleges on home turf
1 April 2014

Super success for Welsh Colleges on home turf

Wales Colleges U19 3 England Colleges U19 0

Wales Colleges U19 3 England Colleges U19 0

Wales Colleges U19's retained the Anglo-Welsh Shield with a terrific 3-0 victory over the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) at the home of Welsh Football, Dragon Park in Newport.

With the tie balanced at 1-1 following last month's first leg it was England who started brighter of the two teams, Wales keeper Luke Fleming (Gower College) called into action on more than one occasion during the opening ten minutes.

The Welsh lads seemed overawed by the occasion with misplaced passes and being second best to everything around the park. England sensed their opportunity and kept on attacking, hitting the post and the crossbar but couldn't find a way past Fleming.

Welsh captain John Littlemore (Coleg Menai) wasted Wales' best chance of the first half when he shot straight at the goalkeeper following a poor back pass. As the half drew to a close, Wales nearly took the lead against the run of play when Dale Murphy's (Coleg Menai) left foot shot flew inches past the near post.

Wales came out a totally different team in the second half, playing with much more confidence, full of endeavour and started to take control of the game. Within eight minutes of the restart Wales took the lead when Fleming's free kick was flicked on by Littlemore and Jack Britton (Pembrokeshire College) capitalsed to slot the ball home past the advancing English goalkeeper.

England pushed for the equaliser and with twenty minutes of the game remaining a quick counter attack and great interchanging play by Littlemore and Sam Wilson (Coleg Sir Gar) allowed Littlemore to slide home Wilson's pinpoint cross from six yards to double the Welsh advantage. Sam Pearson (Neath Port Talbot College) put the icing on the cake with a 20 yard thunderbolt to give Wales a resounding victory to retain the trophy.

"Over the two legs we deserved it, England had the better of the first half in this game but we showed character and desire to bounce back from a poor opening half to completely dominate the second period. This is a fine achievement from this group of lads not only how they played today but for the season as a whole - we've finished the year unbeaten with three victories and one draw, which is no mean feat. It has been a pleasure to work with the players and staff this season who've all worked hard to promote a strong team ethos" said Wales Manager and Coleg Menai Sports Lecturer Marc Lloyd Williams.



Wales: Luke Fleming (Gower College), Tom Kemp (Coleg Llandrillo), Nathan Williams (Coleg Menai), Wes Bennett (Coleg Llandrillo), Iolo Hughes (Coleg Menai), Craig Whelan (Coleg Menai), Sam Faulkner (Coleg Menai), Callum Davidson (Coleg Menai), Jack Britton (Pembrokeshire College), Dale Murphy (Coleg Menai), John Littlemore (Coleg Menai). Subs: Scott Williams (Coleg Llandrillo), Sam Pearson (Neath College), Jamie Jones (Coleg Menai), Ben May (Gower College), Sam Wilson (Coleg Sir Gar).

Super Success for Welsh Colleges on Home Turf
Super Success for Welsh Colleges on Home Turf
Super Success for Welsh Colleges on Home Turf
Super Success for Welsh Colleges on Home Turf